Kim Dae-jung's Widow Visits Hospitals in Pyongyang

      August 06, 2015 09:40

      Lee Hee-ho, the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, arrived in Pyongyang on Wednesday, the official [North] Korean Central News Agency reported.

      Lee and her entourage "were welcomed by Maeng Kyong-il, vice chairman of the North's Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, at Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang around 11 a.m.," a spokesman for the Kim Dae-jung Peace Center said.

      They unpacked at Paekhwawon, the North's state guesthouse, before she visited a maternity clinic and a children's hospital in the afternoon.

      Lee Hee-ho (center), the widow of former President Kim Dae-jung, and her entourage pose for a photo on arrival in Pyongyang on Wednesday. /AP-Newsis

      Lee took a chartered Eastar Jet from Gimpo Airport. She returns on Saturday after visiting an orphanage and Mt. Myohyang.

      It is not clear whether she will meet North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

      "We've received no message about a meeting with Kim," the spokesman added. But nobody can rule out a surprise meeting since she is visiting Pyongyang at Kim's invitation.

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